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Name: Melvin Lee Davis
Capabilities: Proficient at 4,5,6, and 7 String Basses, Fretted and Fretless, Acoustic Bass, Synth Bass, Keyboards, Lead and Backing Vocals.
Main Instrument: Ken Smith Custom MD7 String Contra Bass Guitar
Personal: Creative, open-minded, enjoys meeting people, highly expressive on stage, punctual, willing and able to travel.
Preferred Styles of Music: (as labeled by the music industry)
- Gospel
- Blues
- Jazz (Swing/Be-Bop)
- Contemporary Jazz
- R & B (Rhythm & Blues)
- Pop
- Soul / Funk
- Hip Hop

Touring and Single Performances with:
Currently: Chaka Khan • Lee Ritenour • Gerald Albright & Norman Brown
2009-10 Metro • The Simon Phillips Group • Gerald Albright & Kirk Whalum • Lee Ritenour & Friends Featuring Patrice Rushen, Will Kennedy, John Beasley, 
        Oscar Seaton, Melvin Lee
2008: Eric Marienthal & Chuck Loeb, George Duke, Everette Harp
2007: Queen Latifah, Lee Ritenour, Patrice Rushen, Gerald Albright, Eric Benet, Michael Paulo
2006: Robben Ford, Gerald Albright, Lee Ritenour
2005: Gerald Albright, Eric Marienthal
David Benoit and Russ Freeman Project II, Lee Ritenour
2003: Matt Goss UK Tour
2003: Jeff Kashiwa & Coastal Access • Lee Ritenour • Eric Marienthal • Phil Perry • The Braxton Brothers • Paul Taylor • Chuck Loeb • Huge Groove •
Jeff Lorber • Gerald Albright • AB
2002: Doves Of Fire w/Steve Lukather, Simon Phillips, Jeff Babko. Rufus featuring Chaka Khan • Lee Ritenour • Jeff Kashiwa & Coastal Access   
2001: Chaka Khan • Lee Ritenour • Jeff Kashiwa & Coastal Access
1999: Performed with "The Simon Phillips Group"
1996: George Duke
1995: The Lee Ritenour/Larry Carlton Project
1990-1997: Lee Ritenour
1994-1995: World tour with Bryan Ferry
1994: David Benoit and Russ Freeman Project
1989-1997: Chaka Khan
1985-1993: The Pointer Sisters
1976-1987: O'Bryan
Mark Stephens's "Up coming CD release (co-produced, engineered and mixed at The Bassment Studio)

Eric Marienthal's "Sweet Talk" (co-produced, engineered and mixed at The Bassment Studio)

Nature's Serenade (recorded, produced and mixed at The Bassment Studio)

Tomorrow's Yesterdays (recorded, produced and mixed at The Bassment Studio)

Variations In Time (recorded, produced and mixed at The Bassment Studio)

HomeLand (recorded, produced and mixed at The Bassment Studio)

Genre:Music (recorded, produced and mixed at the Bassment Studio)

Television Performances:
Rosie O'Donnell Show
Oprah Winfrey Show
The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson
Late Night with David Letterman
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
NBC's "Up all night with the Pointer Sisters"
"Eye On L.A." w/ Pointer Sisters
Arsenio Hall Show;
Soul Train
NBC's Fraiser,
The Danny Baker Show (London)
Show,Show,Show (Korea)
Hard Rock Live VH-1
Howey Mandell Show
HBO Special "Sinbad Funk Fest"
HBO's "The Chris Rock Show"
Motown Live!
BET's "Jazz Central"
EBS TV Live!! (Korea)
Motion Picture Recordings & Performances:

"Coming To America" Starring Eddie Murphy & Arsenio Hall

"Even Money" Starring Kim Basinger & Danny DeVito

"One For The Money" Starring Katherine Heigl, Jason O'Mara, Daniel Sunjata, Sherri Shepherd

January 2012


A lil'bit more about Melvin:


Los Angeles native Melvin Lee Davis was discovered at the tender age of 16 by Buddy Miles, when a horn player from Buddy Miles' band heard Melvin playing in a local club. Buddy Miles flew Davis to New York to audition for his band and immediately hired him. After playing the New York club circuit, Melvin found himself working with Don Cornelius of Soul Train. He has toured and recorded with Chaka Khan, the Pointer Sisters, Lee Ritenour, Bryan Ferry, David Benoit, Larry Carlton, Patti Austin, Gladys Knight, and many other top acts. Davis wrote the theme for the TV show "The Party Machine" and "Soul Train's A Coming" and has appeared on "Johnny Carson", "David Letterman", "Jay Leno", and "Arsenio Hall." Melvin has travelled the world and continues to be in high demand across many genres of music because of his incredible talent and positive demeanor on and off stage.


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